Welcome to Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University
We introduce Chinese language and culture to the community
Established on July 7, 2009, the Confucius Institute at Western Michigan University was created through a partnership between Western Michigan University and Beijing Language and Culture University.
It is the fourth such institution in Michigan and the 61st to be founded in the United States. The Confucius Institute at WMU is a non-profit organization created to provide new Chinese language and cultural studies options for WMU students and faculty and to dramatically expand international opportunities for regional K-12 schools and local businesses.
The institute is supported for its first five years with funding from the Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), which is matched by WMU, largely with support for such things as office space, personnel needs, assistance to visiting professors, faculty time in several colleges for institute work,
travel, curriculum development and designation of an institute director. In addition to faculty salaries, funding from Hanban also provides operating funds on an annual basis.
Beijing Language and Culture University provides teachers on an annual basis to the Confucius Institute at WMU who are trained in teaching Chinese as a foreign language and conducting Chinese and cultural courses. In its inaugural year, the institute and the WMU community welcomed from BLCU six new teachers and Associate Director Dr. Jiwei Fu, who will greatly aid the institute in carrying out its mission. Currently, the institute is holding meetings with local area school districts to begin providing Chinese language classes to middle and high school students. In addition, the institute is working towards offering Chinese culture courses available to the public beginning in spring 2010.
Teaching Chinese language and culture to WMU students and members of the greater community
Promoting international cooperation and exchange of students
Strengthening collaborations between local schools and community businesses to train teachers and offer language and culture
Hosting workshops, summer camps, fine arts events and travel opportunities
Developing students ready to meet competitive, global market demands
Aiding WMU's development as a dynamic international university with strong ties to Chinese partners
The Chinese Language and Culture Program has not only exposed young learners to a world language and made them more culturally aware, it has also assisted the students in being more confident learners and build brain development and flexibility
Mary Daoust / Amberly Principal
We look forward to the wonderful new opportunity to study, (experience) cultural exchange” and promote a deeper understanding between the United States and China
John M. Dunn / President of WMU
This partnership allows Portage schools to expand learning opportunities for our students at a minimal cost. Our students are no longer only competing in an educational or career market with the students sitting next to them in class or in another state.